reply to the question everyones asking: winter. Thats when Neverwinter
Nights--the 100-hour 3-D accelerated AD&D game that also includes a do-it-yourself
world and adventure editor allowing 64 players to play online while you DM--is due out.
Thats an awfully ambitious game, and thats why when they say winter they dont
mean December. They mean like next March, though I can easily see this one slipping to
next summer. That being said, it will be worth the wait.
Nights will contain a 60-100 hour single-player adventure written by the folks at Black
Isle, but thats just to get your feet wet. The most impressive and revolutionary
thing about NWN is that it allows you to be a digital DM by using the Neverwinter Tool Set
(which contains all of the 3rd Edition AD&D rules and monsters) to create
dungeons and stories that you can then spring on unsuspecting parties of adventurers. The
game is nothing if not dynamic and open-ended--as DM youll be able to tweak your
dungeons and take over NPCs in real time, and you can also download adventures created by
other players, so in theory NWN game offers the same inexhaustible amount of gameplay that
the paper and pencil game does.
that it looks one hell of a lot better. NWN is gorgeouswhen your character takes a
walk through the woods, sunlight streams through the branches as leaves fall and your
armor glints. Though its clear from our run through the game that a considerable
amount of work remains to be done on at least some of the graphics, when it all comes
together NWN is astonishingly beautiful and immersive. This ones a must-have for all
D&D players, and will no doubt help sustain the D&D comeback occasioned by the
release of the 3rd edition rules.